WINE WARS Mike Veseth $24.95 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Mike is a well
known wine economist.
WINE WARS is a well documented easy read survey of three forces affecting wine
1) Globalization 2) Two Buck Chuck style wine (low cost non-vintage brands i.e.
not from a specific year and can be blended from many vintages and locations)
and 3) Terrorists. Like most economists (for obvious reasons J) he believes accurate predictions are not
really possible. He aptly points out that few if any observers in the 1960’s
would have correctly predicted today’s wine world. Hence he provides alternate
scenarios for wine’s future. He also gives fun facts such as “Selling
wine during the depression, Ernest Gallo would pour two glasses of wine for
customers: one 5 cents per bottle and the other which held the same wine, was
10 cents. They always bought the 10 cent wine.”
VINO ARGENTINO: An Insider’s Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina Laura Catena $27.50 Chronicle Books
This is an Argentine love fest and extensive homage to the Catena family
patrimony: All well deserved. This book is a wonderfully styleded
personal yet researched view of Malbec and wines of
“If you are in the mood for a romantic winery lunch, take the afternoon off and spend a couple of hours at Natalie Ortega’s Urban restaurant inside the O.Fournier winery. The window lined restaurant has views of the vineyards that make you feel like meditating or kissing, depending on the company and Natalia’s beautifully prepared and locally sourced dished have a way of making you ask for dessert if you didn’t intend to.”
SCIENCE OF DRINKING Amitava
Dasgupta Ronan & Littlefield Publishers ($34.95)
Best advice: “Always consume food while you are drinking. Sip and enjoy your alcohol. Do not consume more than one drink in one hour.”
Pseudo Science: “No one below the age of 21 (the legal age for drinking) should drink.” This is Puritan cultural prejudice masked in science.
Scientific research has
established that drinking in moderation has many health benefits,
including maintaining a healthy heart. I agree, but what is eye opening
are the official government guidelines for drinking in moderation in various
countries. For example in most countries, women and men are equal but not in
It comes as no surprise that in wine drinking countries the “scientific” maximums are much higher, e.g. three for both men and women in Spain and higher still in France.
My favorite government recommendation is from down under. In
While the Science of Drinking is a good reference for health professionals and professional wine educators, it is too technical and not sufficient cogent for me to recommend it to the general wine drinking public.